Saturday, March 10, 2018
Clarksville, Ark. | Lonnie R. Qualls Field
University of the Ozarks (8-7, 3-3 ASC)
Sul Ross State (10-9, 4-2 ASC)
University of the Ozarks 10, Sul Ross State 9
The Eagles' bats were red hot to start the game Saturday afternoon and finished with a 10-9 comeback victory. After three straight home runs by Sam Swartz, Patrick Clifford, and Dakota Ebarb put Ozarks up 5-0, a comfortable victory seemed apparent. Sul Ross had other plans. Entering the seventh inning, the Lobos trailed 6-1. Over the next two innings the visiting team would go on to amass six runs, which tied the game at 6-6. The Eagles were able to answer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. A Patrick Clifford home run and a Patrick Mixon single to left had Ozarks ahead 8-6. A dramatic ninth inning saw Sul Ross first baseman, Jacob Ocoa, hit a three-run home run to put the visitors back on top at 9-8. The scrappy Eagles once again mounted a comeback in the bottom of the inning. Matt Alamia scored on a Breyden Varner single, and Dakota Ebarb put the game away with a game winning, walk-off single to center field.
"We knew it would be a battle going into today. I just wanted to do my job for my team. We are scrappy. Everyone on this team wants to win and it shows with games like this."
Ozarks' Scoring Summary:
Bottom of the 1st Inning-
Sam Swartz doubled to left field, RBI; Justin Crider scored.
Patrick Clifford homered, 2 RBI; Sam Swartz scored.
Dakota Ebarb homered, RBI.
Josh Woolly homered, RBI.
Bottom of the 4th Inning-
Sam Swartz homered to center field, RBI.
Bottom of the 9th Inning-
Breyden Varner singled, RBI; Sam Swartz advanced to second; Matt Alamia scored.
Dakota Ebarb singled to center field, RBI; Patrick Clifford advanced to second; Breyden Varner advanced to third; Sam Swartz scored.
The Eagles will now head to Brownwood, Texas, to take on Howard Payne University March 16-17.
By Rhett Williamson